Industry News: Fiat Chrysler changes its Wellington area dealer


Wellington-based Gazley Motor Group will become the new authorised Fiat Chrysler dealer for Wellington and Lower Hutt from November 1.

Managing director Myles Gazley confirmed the appointment to Autotalk this morning.

The new showroom for Alfa-Romeo, Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge will be located in a well known corner site at 41 Cambridge Terrace in Te Aro, Wellington. Continue reading “Fiat Chrysler changes its Wellington area dealer” »

Industry News: Challenge takes Mazda sponsorship to new heights

Malcolm-LawMazda New Zealand is teaming up with endurance runner Malcolm Law as he attempts one of New Zealand’s most ambitious challenges yet, the ‘High Five – 0 Challenge’.

Beginning February 7, 2015 Law will start his journey to scale 50 peaks in 50 days, the equivalent of 50 mountain marathons in as many days, in an effort to raise $250,000 for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and to help create awareness around the issues surrounding depression and other mental health illnesses.

The ‘High Five-0 Challenge’ team will be supported with a branded Mazda BT-50 to transport the team throughout the challenge and help raise awareness as Malcolm undertakes his expedition through some of wildest parts of the country. Continue reading “Challenge takes Mazda sponsorship to new heights” »

Industry News: Lower exchange rate means higher fuel prices

petrol_bowser_sml_2Fuel prices rose four cents per litre during September, initially rising two cents at the beginning of the month and another two cents at the very end. The cost of petrol at most service stations in the main centres ended the month on $2.22 per litre, with diesel at $1.52 per litre.

According to AA PetrolWatch, the last time the exchange rate fell below 78 US cents (it was 78.2 this morning), a litre of 91 octane cost $2.25, and diesel was $1.60 per litre.

“The increase in fuel prices is mostly due to falls in the exchange rate,” says AA PetrolWatch spokesperson Mark Stockdale. Continue reading “Lower exchange rate means higher fuel prices” »

Industry News: Scooters alongside cars for Peugeot


Peugeot importer Sime Darby is giving dealers something else to get their teeth into – and to hopefully add to their bottom lines.

The company is entering the scooter market, focussing just on 50cc units for now, with four models set to hit showrooms soon.

“Instead of coming to Peugeot just for a car, we could be a total mobility solution,” says general manager Grant Smith. Continue reading “Scooters alongside cars for Peugeot” »

Industry News: Subaru comes home to Taranaki


Subaru has a new fully authorised sales, parts and service dealership in New Plymouth.

Taranaki Subaru will operate from the same site as Taranaki Honda on the corner of Leach and Cameron Streets.

“Finding a suitable full service dealership for New Plymouth and Taranaki has been an exercise in patience,” says Wallis Dumper, MD of Subaru of New Zealand. Continue reading “Subaru comes home to Taranaki” »

Industry News: China jumps on parallel imports bandwagon

BMW-logoAustralia may be looking at allowing parallel imports, but China has already jumped on the bandwagon.

China legalised parallel imports at the end of August, and this means that new vehicles like the big BMW X5 SUV, which retail at dealerships for almost US$162,000 (A$185,168), are appearing on the market sourced from the US at close to $114,000. That’s a price cut of close to 30%, according to Forbes.

This follows China’s efforts to force foreign vehicle importers to cut the price of spare parts in particular – and sticker prices generally – which were easily shrugged off by the likes of Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), but Beijing freeing up the entrance of grey imports might make a bigger impact. Continue reading “China jumps on parallel imports bandwagon” »

Industry News: Kia diesel-turbo-hybrid Optima


Kia is revealing the new Kia Optima ‘mild hybrid’ show car at the 2014 Paris Motor Show this Thursday – the first application and demonstration of the brand’s new powertrain.

The turbo-hybrid concept is powered by the model’s existing 1.7L CRDi turbo-diesel engine, paired with a small electric motor, powered by a 48V lead-carbon battery. The diesel-electric powertrain concept enables the Optima T-Hybrid show car to be driven in electric-only mode at low speeds and when cruising, with deceleration serving to recharge the battery pack.

Lead-carbon batteries were chosen for the mild hybrid powertrain as, unlike lithium-ion batteries, they require no active cooling and are easier to recycle at the end of the unit’s lifecycle. Continue reading “Kia diesel-turbo-hybrid Optima” »

Industry News: Used import option still ‘alive’ for Australia

David Vinsen

David Vinsen

The opening up of Australia to used imports is still very much alive, in spite of the assistant minister’s statement to a road safety conference last week, says David Vinsen, head of the New Zealand and Australian IMVIA organisations.

Vinsen attended two of the public consultation meetings last week in Sydney and Melbourne, and found the dialogue to be “open, without pre-conceived positions”, on the used imports question.

“Regardless of what the assistant minister (Jamie Briggs) told the national road safety forum, the consultative process is comprehensive and progressing well,” says Vinsen. Continue reading “Used import option still ‘alive’ for Australia” »

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